YMMV / Clash of the Titans

The 1981 original

The 2010 remake and sequel

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: When Medusa has the Djinn in her grasp and can't kill him is she having an Oh Crap! moment or is she just surprised and relieved that someone isn't turning to stone when she looks at them.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The minotaur was beaten surprisingly quickly.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Medusa is portrayed as a Tragic Monster rather than the Designated Villain she is in the original. While also becoming a lot more blood thirsty and malicious.
    • The sequel finally pairs Perseus and Andromeda.
  • Anvilicious: Alright, Mr. Leterrier, we get it. Men don't need gods. Is it really necessary to remind us of that every ten minutes though?
  • Better on DVD: Watching without the bad 3-D conversion the theatrical release makes for a better viewing experience.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • If you've never seen the original you might be asking yourself what a futuristic robotic owl is doing laying in the bottom of a trunk in ancient Greece. The owl actually is in several myths, as a gift given to Athena by Hephaestus.
    • The conversation that young Perseus has with Spyros about his anxieties regarding the new baby and Spyros not being his biological father. It has no bearing on the plot except to set up a character who is killed a few scenes later without so much as a single line. It makes more sense with the original ending where Perseus rejects Zeus and says that his real father is a dead fisherman (the moral being that blood ties mean nothing without a familial bond). But with that plot point dropped, it does seem a tad random.
    • In the sequel there are a couple of times in the Labyrinth where Andromeda thinks she sees Korrina walking around and Perseus sees Helius. There is a line from Hephaestus referencing possible hallucinations - but it's not drawn attention to that much. Also when Perseus is separated from the others, he's attacked by a minotaur. After he kills it, it's not mentioned again and there are no other monsters put as obstacles in the Labyrinth.
  • Critical Research Failure: The Chimera has wings, which would have been cool but misses out one important bit of the myth: the reason Bellerophon had to go through all the trouble of capturing Pegasus so he can fly above the monster, safe from its flames and fangs. This would, quite logically, not work if the Chimera could fly. The filmmakers clearly went for Rule of Cool.
  • Designated Villain: Medusa again, with a deeply tragic backstory. Io even seems to think she deserves pity. Of course, she's more of a means to end to defeat the real villain, but still. Although here she's shown to be far more malevolent than her counterpart in the 80s version - where she appears to take great delight in killing the soldiers, and cackles whenever she successfully scares them.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Alexa Davalos's Andromeda. Despite the Internet Backdraft from fans of the original, when the first trailer was released - response to Andromeda's "have you see what's happening out there?" was very positive.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Internet Backdraft: Perseus having a buzzcut, anachronistic for Ancient Greece, was really criticised by a lot of viewers. Presumably this is the reason his hair is longer in the sequel.
  • Memetic Mutation: "RELEASE THE KRAKEN!"
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • From the first film we have a pre-The Hobbit Luke Evans as Apollo.
    • The second film has John Bell, who would go on to join Luke Evans in The Hobbit.
    • It also has Lily James as Korrina.
  • The Scrappy: Io is this to fans of the original, for being Perseus's love interest instead of Andromeda. What's more is that Alexa Davalos's performance as the latter was one of the things fans reacted positively to, so Io being the love interest left a bad taste in fans' mouths - especially with the news that she was shot as a platonic figure to Perseus at first and then retconned into being a love interest.
  • Special Effects Failure: While the special effects in the film were pretty much Visual Effects of Awesome, the half-assed converted 3D conversion certainly applies.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • The alternate ending from the Blu-Ray is closer to the original in that Perseus and Andromeda fall in love... even though they barely share screentime together due to Andromeda being Demoted to Extra, Perseus is a Darker and Edgier hero than the "motivated by love" original, and the rest of the movie builds up a different love interest in Io. This is due to Executive Meddling finding Io as a better love interest, cutting most of Andromeda's scenes and re-editing Io from a platonic figure to a romantic one.
    • In the sequel Perseus and Andromeda kiss at the end. They hadn't really had much in the way of romantic development, aside from clear tension when they first meet again. In the movie's defence it's entirely a Maybe Ever After situation. Likewise a third film was planned, but eventually dropped. So presumably the romance would have been developed a lot more in that.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Could be caused with the Critical Dissonance.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Poseidon, who dies fairly early in Wrath of the Titans.
    • Poor Bubo, often regarded as The Scrappy is reduced to a cameo, and a rather callously offhanded one at that.
    Perseus: (pulls Bubo out of a box full of junk) What's that.
    Warrior: Just leave it.
    • Loads of characters had bigger roles that were cut down in editing. Apollo and Athena played a big part in the plot, scheming against Zeus. In the final film, Apollo only gets a couple of lines in the first council scene and Athena is Demoted to Extra. Likewise Alexa Davalos delivers a good performance as Andromeda. But most of her scenes were cut. She at least gets a larger role in the sequel.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: There were times when it felt it they were setting up to deliver the message "just because they're your children/you created them doesn't justify abusing them," but it never happened.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Zeus is this in the final cut of the first film. This is primarily due to him being an antagonist initially but Executive Meddling trying to make him more heroic. So he has an abrupt change of heart and decides to help Perseus. This is after he's already ordered the Kraken on Argos and it's said he raped Perseus's mother.
  • What an Idiot: And to think...if Hades hadn't gone out of his way to be a dick by killing Perseus's family, he would have been able to pull of his plan to seize power without a hitch.
    • If the Harpy that stole the bag with Medusa's head in it had say, dropped it in the sea, or fed it to the Kraken, Hades would have won straight off.
      • They could have turned right around and, you know, used it on Perseus. Just saying.
      • Feeding it to the Kraken is not a good idea. It would have petrified the monster from the inside out when his gastric fluids dissolved the bag.
      • Only if the Kraken had eyes inside its stomach. You need to look at Medusa's head for it to work.
      • The Kraken has Extra Eyes in its head, why not in its stomach?
    • If Perseus had just gone with Zeus when he asked him to in the sequel, he probably could have stopped Ares and Hades from imprisoning Zeus in the first place. What's worse is that he makes a big deal out of not leaving his son's side...and then five minutes later, leaves his son's side and a Chimera attacks his village, nearly killing the both of them. Brilliant, Perseus. Brilliant.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Painfully averted with the slapped on 3D, but the Kraken looked freaking awesome. It's a shame he was only there for less than five minutes. For those watching the film in 2D however, the CGI is exceptional.
    • The sequel's special effects are spectacular, most notably Kronos, who's essentially a walking volcano of death and destruction. He's truly a sight to behold.
  • Wag the Director: It has been revealed that there's a significantly different edit that has a plotline much closer to classical mythology. The reason why it wasn't released is unclear, but there are indications that Sam Worthington or the executives successfully argued that it wouldn't be entertaining to children.